Sounding a lot like a Joel Rosenberg
novel, the stories of Umar Mulinde and Mosab Hassan Yousef contain
intrigue, violence and dramatic redemption. These two men are currently
risking their lives in Israel to share their testimonies as former Muslim
leaders who've embraced Yeshua as their Savior and Lord. Not only
that, but they both honor Israel and relate to the modern state as the
fulfillment of God's promise to the Jewish people that they will live
in this area forever.
"I am a Living Miracle"
On December 24, 2011 former Ugandan sheik, Umar Mulinde, had acid thrown on
him by an assailant, determined to kill him with the maximum pain for his
departure from Islam and convincing preaching of Yeshua. The acid ate away
half of his face. It is now being reconstructed by Israeli surgeons at no
charge. They gave him only 1% chance of making it. But he says "That is
enough for God."
Pastor Mulinde did not always appreciate Israel as he does today. In fact,
by his own testimony, "I hated Israel. I believed deeply that Islam would
ultimately take righteous possession of their land and remove every Jew
from this part of the world." After he came to faith, his heart was changed
and he now teaches Ugandans to love Israel and has found widespread favor
in this country.
Saved by divine intervention in 1992 through a series of terrifying
dreams*, Pastor Mulinde tells anyone who will
listen, "Don't be fooled. Islam is not a peaceful religion. In the
West there is a political correctness about Islam as a peaceful religion,
but I am evidence of what Islam really is ... Pray for them, but break the
controlling spirit that holds them."
This bold and courageous Ugandan has given himself to the Lord Yeshua in
such a total way that he is an inspiration. Pastor Mulinde has made himself
available to the Israeli congregations and addressed Tents of Mercy and
guests concerning his experiences and his God. His listeners cannot help
but reflect on the quality of their own dedication to the Lord. He exhorted
us, "I thank the God of Israel that I am alive today. Whatever persecution
comes to you - take a stand. Don't be afraid. Nothing will separate
you from His love."
The Son of Hamas
By a fascinating coincidence of timing that cannot be ignored, Mosab Hassan
Yuosef also visited Israel. He has not been here since leaving, under the
threat of his life in 2007. Personally, I never expected to hear about "The
Son of Hamas" coming back. There must be a large price on his head. But he
declared in a recent Jerusalem press conference that he intends to expose
Islam as the violent religion it is. "It is not time to mince words," is
the message Yousef made known.
In Yousaf's riveting book, Son of Hamas, he reveals how he
worked with Israeli security to stop terror attacks against the Israelis.
Once a terrorist himself and slated for the highest levels of Hamas
leadership, the Palestinian became convinced that the resurrected Jesus
Christ is the true Savior and that Mohammed authored a religion of war and
When amazing numbers of Muslims are having visions of Yeshua and coming to
believe in Him despite their intensive training, what is going on? Are the
Jewish people going to have similar visions, enabling us to know by
revelation from Heaven that He really is our Messiah?
I believe the answer to both these questions is that we are entering the
latter days. This is the time foretold by the prophets that would see God
intervening in human affairs. He is making Himself known to radical Muslims
because they are seeking someone to whom they can genuinely surrender. This
is the meaning of Islam - submission. Regarding the Jewish people, our
dreadful experience historically with the Church of Jesus, has built a
thick barrier between us and Him. As the end draws near, we can expect, and
should pray, that He will supernaturally make Himself known to multitudes
within the nation of Islam and the nation of Israel. It's happening!
*See Pastor Mulindes testimony courtesy of MAOZ